Suffering, Punishment, & Atonement; An Essay in Constructive Interpretation of Experience

Suffering, Punishment, & Atonement; An Essay in Constructive Interpretation of Experience

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...causes between the sinner and all good men as such, and especially between the sinner and God, is so serious. It cannot but cause alienation. It is the contrary of virtue in what is most fundamental. It leads to personal alienation as persons identify themselves with law. For just as sin in its varying degrees is the more or less conscious and deliberate set of the will against the acknowledged law of the ideal, so moral goodness or virtue is in its varying degrees the conscious set of the will in accordance with that same law, the loyal willing acceptance of the law of the ideal so far as it is lmown, and the more or less energetic action in accordance with it. Sin is the dissociation of the will, the self, from the law of the ideal; moral goodness is the willing identifi cation of the self, its desires, purposes, and activities, with that law. The one is therefore essentially a set of the will, of the self, along a line directly contrary to that of the other, in relation to the law of the ideal, the moral obligation which is to moral beings the most important and fundamental thing in life. And such is the nature of the moral law, the law of the ideal, and its relation to the mind and will of man as a moral being that this contrary opposition of sin and goodness leads to flat contradiction of will, so far as the mind and will of the sinner goes, between him and God and between him and good men as such. God and good men as such are in the sinner's mind associated and identified with the law he ignores or rejects. His opposition to the law involves, therefore, so far as it goes, difference and alienation in his mind and will from those whom he identifies with it. So that in respect of any one sinful activity of spirit, of will, more

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